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See Killer Mike and Talib Kweli speak out about Ferguson

Since 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot to death August 9, multiple celebrities have spoken out about the ensuing protests and police aggression in Ferguson, Mo. Rappers Killer Mike and Talib Kweli have both been especially vocal on Twitter—and both took their perspectives from the internet to news shows this week.

Killer Mike, whose father was a policeman, went on CNN Wednesday to talk about how police officers have changed over the years. “We have essentially gone from being communities that were policed by people from the communities to communities that are policed by strangers, and that’s no longer a community,” he said. “That’s a community under siege.” READ FULL STORY

D'Angelo, Elvis Costello, Chris Rock, the Roots pay tribute to Prince at Carnegie Hall

Is it the singer, or is it the song?

That was the question on the minds of both the eclectic cadre of performers and the sold out crowd at New York’s Carnegie Hall on Thursday night for a benefit show titled “The Music of Prince.” A bevy of the Purple One’s contemporaries and followers joined together to genuflect at his funky altar, with the proceeds from the show going to a number of music-related charities for kids.

This was the ninth year for the series, and in the past, several of the tribute centerpieces—including Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young—made surprise appearances at their own shows. Prince himself did not materialize last night, but there were so many fascinating interpretations of his work and explorations of his unique charisma that it was almost better without his all-seeing eyes watching over the proceedings.

The evening began relatively tamely, with the Waterboys busting out a faithful rendition of “Purple Rain.” Though he bears no physical or aesthetic resemblance to Prince, singer Mike Scott managed to nail the same kind of passion and pathos the song’s creator first sent coursing through its veins nearly 30 years ago. It was almost too perfect, and it set an uncomfortable tone early in the evening: Would this simply be two and a half hours of extremely well-executed Prince karaoke, overseen by house band the Roots?

Luckily, subsequent performers took many more liberties with Prince’s songs, and while that led to some awkward moments, their ingenuity was generally rewarded. READ FULL STORY

The Roots, Talib Kweli, more to tribute Prince at Carnegie Hall

Uptown Manhattan is about to get purified in the waters of Lake Minnetonka.

Carnegie Hall has announced the lineup for their annual spring fundraiser for music education, which this year will come in the form of a Prince tribute concert. The venerable New York venue has recruited the likes of the Roots, Talib Kweli, and Booker T. to pay their respects to the Minnesota musician at the March 7 event, which will benefit a variety of charities aiding youth-oriented music programs.

“Prince is one of the most prolific songwriters in my collection,” said organizer Michael Dorf in a statement. “He makes my Top 10 when I think about the artists who have truly shaped modern music.”

Among the other artists who’ll help honor the Purple Rain maven are Living Colour, Blind Boys of Alabama, DeVotchKa, and Madeleine Peyroux.

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Mos Def and Talib Kweli premiere new Black Star song on 'The Colbert Report': Watch here!

Back in 1998, a pair of then relatively unknown rappers released Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star, one of the most beloved hip-hop albums of that decade. Though both Mos and Kweli have had a great deal of individual success since then, neither has been able to capture the post-Native Tongues majesty of their collaboration.

Luckily, they’ve decided to dust off Black Star, and spent the summer re-creating their stellar debut as part of the Rock the Bells Tour. The pair returned to television on last night’s episode of The Colbert Report. Kweli and Def (who is now known as Yasiin Bey, which is something we’re just going to have to get used to) chatted with the host, admitting they don’t really understand the term “underground rap.” (“Does it mean we never rise above sea level?” joked Bey.) They also debuted a brand new song called “Fix Up,” which captures much of the same intense ’round-the-way energy the duo put forth on their debut.

But the big highlight came in a web-exclusive performance of “Astronomy (8th Light),” one of the cornerstone tracks from Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star. Check it out below. READ FULL STORY

Reflection Eternal is back! Stream Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek's full 'Revolutions Per Minute' album here

reflection-eternalReflection Eternal, the duo formed by Brooklyn rapper Talib Kweli and Cincinnati producer Hi-Tek, was once one of indie hip-hop’s leading lights. Kweli (pictured, left) and Hi-Tek (right) have worked together here and there since Reflection Eternal’s acclaimed 2000 debut, but it’s taken a decade for them to regroup for their second full album. Wait no longer: Reflection Eternal’s Revolutions Per Minute arrives in stores this Tuesday, May 18 (pre-order link) — and you can stream the whole thing exclusively at the Music Mix right now.

Hit the jump to hear Revolutions Per Minute in its entirety for free (some NSFW language), including collaborations with Estelle, Bun B, Mos Def, Jay Electronica, and J. Cole. (The last three show up together on super-posse cut “Just Begun.” Now that’s just showing off.) Give it a spin and let us know what you think.

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